Thursday, April 24, 2014

How to Work a Silk Scarf

Confession time: I hoard beautiful silk scarves. (Some of my favorites are J.Crew's location scarves like the London Scarf.) Why do I hoard? I find it difficult wearing them. I never know how to wrap it around my neck without it looking "off".

Thankfully I came across a post from one of my favorite British retailers, Joules, that wonderfully illustrates how to tie silk scarves. (Refer to the "To tie or not to tie" post for more.)






I love how simple they made it all look. More importantly, they are all stylish ways to work the silk scarf.

Do you wear silk scarves? If so, how do you tie them? Are there any tricks/tips you use? If so, please share! :)

15 comments:

  1. Alexis- you are NOT alone in the scarf hoarding department. I recently bought the Library scarf on Ebay. It's brand new and it's lovely! I love scarves and finally learned to tie them; whether they are large squares or oblong. I also love J. Crew scarves circa 2007-2008. I have their butterfly scarf that is only big enough to tie around your neck, but I LOVE this one. The silk twill is medium weight and just great design. Buying scarves is a very inexpensive way to 'update' your look or just add some 'put togetherness' in your outfits!

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  2. I like all of these. Thanks for sharing, Alexis. I tend to wear the larger scarves like the bandana print scarf. I throw 'em around, loop it once more and keep going, for the most part. lol

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  3. I'm not much of a scarf expert, but I'm assuming you are talking about silk square scarves. I've done most of my collecting through thrifting, and I wear mine very simply. Sometimes I'll just fold into a triangle and drape over my shoulders, layered under a blazer, and it'll peek out, adding color and texture. Other times I'll tie a simple knot, fluff out the ends and move the knot to one side toward my shoulder for a very chic flair. Thanks for sharing these ideas, Alexis!

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    1. p.s Forgot to mention that for the simple knot, I'll first fold into a triangle and then roll up, so the ends of the knot, when fluffed out, are like pretty petals or leaves.

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    2. Hermes has an app called silk knots, it has little films on how to tie/wear the various styles.

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  4. Wendyslookbook also has a scarf tutorial I found helpful

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  5. Greetings Alexis - See J.Jill's "Master the Scarf" site here for some ideas. http://www.jjill.com/jjillonline/callouts/fcallout.aspx?pfid=2341&sk=A&h=A&SID=vanity-masterthescarf. Also, when Googled "J.Jill scarf tying", a couple YouTube videos showed up too. Have fun learning new skills! Jennifer

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  6. Mai Tai's Hermes blog has a lot of good scarf-tying ideas. Also, if you like the Old School JC destination scarves, it looks like someone has unearthed a stash of NWT fall 2007 scarves and is selling them on eBay, including the Italy and the Marche de Mer (lobster). I picked up both last month and more seem to be available. Based on the tags I have no doubts about authenticity. (Not my listing, of course.)

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  7. Does anyone remember how many different destination scarves were made? I know of only France, London, and Italy. TIA!

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  8. I almost always do the ascot w/ my square scarves, but hide the knot and put the point of the triangle slightly off center. I also hoard scarves, Alexis... I have a ridiculous amount. They are fun to look at!

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  9. I posted 25 ways to tie a scarf here -- hope you enjoy it!

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  10. Turns out I've been doing a variation of the half bow but I'm intrigued with the plait. Definitely going to try it soon. Who knew there were so many ways.

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  11. I have an extensive scarf collection as well. Just ordered a couple of sale Vera Bradley silk ones this morning as the quality is so high. I was reading an article about displaying your scarves in various ways as art. I think I need to have this as my summer project goal. Get them out and show them off a bit:) Like works of art.

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  12. Thank you everyone for sharing your thoughts on how to wear a silk scarf and even providing links to other places that show how to wear them. It's great to have so many ideas on how to wear these square scarves! :)

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